England powerhouse lock Maro Itoje has been selected in the British and Irish Lions squad to take on South Africa.
The 26-year-old not being selected for this tour was inconceivable, no matter where England finished in the Six Nations.
He is a force of nature. In a beaten team, he still makes a huge impact. In massive games, you know he will turn up.
Here are five things you should know about the England and Saracens second-row.
MARO ITOJE FACTS:
#1. Unlikely family
It is commonly known that Itoje is the cousin of Bath’s loosehead prop Beno Obano. However Gloucester speedster Ollie Thorley is also technically Itoje’s cousin after his grandfather re-married a Nigerian woman who is the Saracens lock’s aunt.